|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Eragrostis (Greek, er, spring, and agrostis, a grass). Gramineae. Love-grass. An mini or perennial grasses with more or less diffuse panicles of small several-flowered compressed spikelets. Some species grown in the open for ornament.
From 6 in. to several feet tall: culms simple or often branched; lemmas keeled, 3-nerved, the palea ciliate on the keels.—Species about 100 in warm and temperate regions of both hemispheres.
Some annual species are common weeds, such as E. megastachya, Link (E. major, Host), Stink- or Snake- Grass, with rather large, ill-smelling spikelets in a compact panicle. Dept. Agric., Div. Agrost. 17:215. E. pectinacea, Nees, a native of U. S., is a handsome perennial, with large open panicles of purple spikelets. Well adapted to cult, in sandy soils. Ibid 17:261. E. obtusa, Munro (Briza geniculata, Thurb.), an annual with showy spikelets, is cult, in Eu., but little known in U.S. V. 3:247.
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- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963